March 13, 1916 – October 26, 2012
Gertrude passed away peacefully at Qualicum Manor on October 26th, 2012, at the age of 96. Born in Innisfail, AB on March 13th, 1916 to Marie Taylor and Charles Hodge. She was predeceased by her husband Murray Athol Cree in 1969 and her sister, Catherine Bowne. Gertrude is survived by her daughter Heather Furlong (Jim) of Waterloo, ON and son Murray Cree (Pat) of Qualicum Beach. She will be missed by her 4 grandchildren; Deb Duimering (Richard) of Fordwich, ON, Brock Furlong (Jill) of Chicago, IL., Scott Furlong (Nonie Lesaux) of Boston, MA and Kate Cree of Prince Rupert, BC, and 6 great-grandchildren.
Gertrude was a proud and independent woman who endured many challenges. Gertrude’s father died at the battle of Passchendaele in WWI. She spent her early life in Scotland before moving to Victoria, BC, where she met and married Murray on Dec. 7th, 1940. Murray was a Naval Officer on a frigate that escorted convoys across the Atlantic during WWII. After the war, the family moved from Halifax to Regina to Aldergrove and finally in 1951 to Qualicum Beach where they owned and operated Cameron Court Motel, set down roots and became a vibrant part of the community.
It is with deep gratitude that we wish to thank the staff of Qualicum Manor for all their kindness and care. As well, our thank you to Dr. Sulz for monitoring her medical care. There will be no service by Gertrude’s request.
Yates Funeral Service & Crematorium
(250-248-5859) in care of arrangements.